Abrocoma vaccarum 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Abrocomidae

Scientific Name: Abrocoma vaccarum Thomas, 1921
Common Name(s):
English Mendozan Chinchilla Rat
Taxonomic Notes: Previously considered a subspecies of A. cinerea (Ellerman 1940) but was recognized as distinct by Braun and Mares (2002).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-03-01
Assessor(s): Roach, N.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
Contributor(s): Jayat, J. & Ojeda, R.
Listed as Data Deficient because there is still very little information known about its range, population status, ecology and threats.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is known only from type locality: Punta de Vacas, Mendoza Province, Argentina at 3,000 m asl (Braun and Mares 2002). Thomas (1921) suggested its distribution extended to northwestern Mendoza Province, Argentina, and Cabrera (1961) suggested its distribution included southwestern San Juan Province, but specimens have not been confirmed from these two areas (Braun and Mares 2002).
Countries occurrence:
Additional data:
Number of Locations:1
Lower elevation limit (metres):3000
Upper elevation limit (metres):3000
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Population [top]

Population:The abundance, population size and trends for this species are not known.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It is found in puna-like, high Andean habitat with short grass and low shrub vegetation cover (Braun and Mares 2002).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The major threats, if any, to this species are unknown.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is probably present in Aconcagua Provincial Park. Further research is needed to determine the species' range, population status, threats and ecology.

Citation: Roach, N. 2016. Abrocoma vaccarum. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T136546A22182279. . Downloaded on 20 May 2018.
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